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Friday, May 25, 2018
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Driver trapped in car under moving van in St. Pete

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue firefighters rescued a man who was trapped in a car that was stuck under a moving van Friday evening.

At 7:32 p.m., crews were called to 3800 31st St. S. When they arrived, they found a Cadillac with a driver inside pinned under a moving van. In addition, the van was leaking diesel fuel.

Hazmat crews were called to contain the spill as rescuers worked to retrieve the driver. Once removed from the vehicle, the driver was taken to the trauma center at Bayfront Medical Center for treatment, said Lt. Steven Lawrence, a spokesman with the fire department. The name of the driver wasn’t released.

About 30 gallons of diesel leaked onto the ground before the leak was stopped, and about 15 to 20 gallons drained into storm sewers, fire officials said. The Environmental Protection Agency and a local contractor are working to clean up and contain the spill. The EPA will investigate the possibility of fuel getting into the waterways, Lawrence said.

Two passengers from the moving van were treated at the scene and released.

St. Petersburg police are investigating the incident.

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